Monthly Archives: December 2010

The accident

It was somewhat inappropriate of me to go on about my forthcoming holiday in my previous entry as at the moment there has been a rather intense discussion going on regarding the demise of nine innocent Thais who were killed in a car crash. Admittedly, I saw the headline news two days ago but I did not pay much attention to it since a road accident is such a common thing in Thailand. I am inured to hearing this type of tragic story. Then last night just before I went to bed, I had a few moment to peruse the details of the accident and now I understand why the majority of the country is so furious and up in arms over this calamity.

Every loss of a human life is a great loss, but it is much worse when the departure of the people involved is so sudden and unexpected. To make matters worse, not only were they innocent, these people were also well educated and intelligent. Examples are the person who worked at the National Science and Technology Development Agency, who had just received a highest degree from a UK university and the person who was just about to study nano-electronics abroad and so on. They would have made a great contribution to Thai society. Some had a bright future ahead of them academically. They were valuable assets in a nation where erudite individuals are scarce. I must admit that I was as irate as most Thais about the accident. Be that as it may, I will resist jumping on the bandwagon and castigating the culprit. Instead the thing that Thailand and Thai people should deliberate on is their attitude towards driving. When I reflect on the inconsiderate, impatient and lawless way people drive in Thailand, I think it says it all about the Thai society and the way of thinking of my fellow countrymen. It is not very difficult to work that out.

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Gagging for Thailand

I have been thinking about Thailand a lot recently. I am gagging to go back to my country and spend a lovely holiday there. As you might have guessed, it is bleeding cold in this part of the world at the moment. The scenery is picturesque but the temperature is dismal. In contrast, if I was in Thailand, I would have to complain about the warm weather. Life is such a bitch, isn’t it?

I am beginning to think ahead about what I want to do and prepare for a holiday. I am thinking of buying clothes that I want to take with me to Thailand. Some t-shirts are needed. I will also buy some swimwear; maybe a thong might be a good alternative option, as well as translucent sheer bikinis for men. I must have some of those. Last year, despite having taken such dinky garments, I did not have the opportunity to wear them. I spent the days walking around naked in the villa, exhibiting my shameless and bare body to the world to see. Thank God there were not many people as spectators, just creatures such as birds, bees and other insects; otherwise I might have been frowned upon as nudity is not allowed in Thailand. But as an existential being, I simply don’t care.

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9.45 minutes of awesomeness

First of all, I would like to say that this is not the kind of activity I usually engage in when I go back to Thailand for a holiday. I am the type of person who tends to stay in a hotel villa and lounge around all day without doing anything much. I like to lie under the summer heat of Thailand and listen to the waves, the birds chirping and the rasping sound of the cicadas. These are all my enjoyment of a holiday.

Although it’s not my thing, I think this video (http://t.co/E5voXFk) is probably the best Youtube video about Thailand’s nightlife. The eclectic mix of music used in the video is simply super. Best of all, it captures the real atmosphere of the place. Seeing people, be they tourists or locals alike, having a great time and smiling just put a big smile on my face. I think it is a masterpiece. The title of the video called “PATONG NIGHT LIFE 2010. THE SEQUEL. Patong, Phuket, Thailand.” created by a user called Jrbazil. You can search for it on Youtube.

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Comment of the day

Actually, the comment was made yesterday by a reader of the Guardian’s website in relation to the news of the WikiLeaks man’s upcoming autobiography. I think the comment is quite fair: “I support wikileaks, but after listening to the humphries interview with him this morning I think Julian’s surname is 4 letters too long.

Source:Julian Assange reported to have sold memoirs

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“Dogtooth” is scheduled to be on FILM4 again

“Dogtooth”, one of this year’s bizarre and highly original movies, will be shown on the Film4 movie channel again. It is scheduled to be on early next Tuesday morning at 01:35. It was first shown on this channel a couple of weeks ago, but there was a problem with our Sky Digibox: it partly recorded the programme. This time I am determined to watch this disturbingly unusual movie without vexatious interruption.

A short description of the movie from Film4:

“What if your parents had scared you into never leaving your house via a series of lies? Dogtooth is that house, and its three teenage inhabitants have subsisted on a diet of total fiction since birth.”

The film is a very strange dark comedy which contains violence and explicit sex scenes. It was nominated in the category of “foreign language film of the year” at the 31st London Critics’ Circle Film Awards, competing with other notable movies: ‘I Am Love’, ‘Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives’, ‘Of Gods and Men’ and ‘The Secret in Their Eyes’.

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Men will shag anything as long as they can find a hole

That was what I wanted to tell Mr. Blatter. Instead of telling people to refrain from any sexual activity – which is impossible as humans are sexual beings – he should have said it was none of his nor anybody’s business what people do sexually in their own privacy. For my money, even in societies where certain kinds of sexual acts are not permitted, people will find a way to do it anyway, regardless of race, religion, or nationality. If they cannot do it where they are, people will seek to release their smuttiness somewhere else.

In my book, I think football (or soccer) is arguably the gayest game, despite the seemingly unwelcoming attitude towards homosexuality of people involved in the sport, be they the players, the fans or the football authorities themselves. On the football field, you will quite often see footballers running towards one another and delivering such intimate actions to their mates as hugs and gentle kisses when they score a goal. That is even more homoerotic than seeing a gay person mincing on a street. No wonder it is so popular among men. I am sure there must be something arousing about watching guys scoring each other’s goals.

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The only novel that has made me cry

“Norwegian Wood”, a film adaptation of the international bestselling novel by my beloved Murakami, opens in cinemas in Japan today. Even though I have not yet seen the movie I am already dreading that it will not be successful in capturing the essence of the book. Having seen the actor and the actress who play Toru Watanabe and Naoko respectively, I am slightly put off by the director’s choices. In the book, Toru comes across as such an ordinary guy which in some ways is akin to the author. On the other hand, Naoko is seemingly a tormented soul who, in her anguish, struggles to express her inner feelings. I know that I should not prejudge the movie, but I am not expecting that it will be nearly as good as the novel. Hopefully that will not prove to be the case. I am looking forward to seeing it. I hope upon hope it will turn out to be acceptable.

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